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Are We Born Racist?

Do we really live in a "post-racial" society? Studies show that our prejudices have deep psychological roots; they may be wired into our brains. But research has also identified strategies for reducing and even overcoming prejudice. This issue of Greater Good explores how we can put this research into practice.

 

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From the Editors
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In Brief
Tickled Pink: Why scientists want to make rats laugh
The hormone that can make us generous
Old and open minded
And more
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Columns
Brain Teaser: Is kindness really its own reward?
Body Language: Olympic glory
Social Intelligence: Daniel Goleman and George Lucas discuss social-emotional learning.

Are We Born Racist?

Look Twice
Susan T. Fiske has some bad news: Prejudice might be hardwired in our brains. But the good news is that we can learn to override our prejudices and embrace difference.
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Rubbing Off
Allison Briscoe-Smith explains how kids learn about race—and how their parents can foster tolerance.
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Mix It Up!
Despite some progress, racism is still pervasive in American schools, reports Jennifer Holladay. Here’s what schools can do to promote tolerance and equality.
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Framed!
Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton argues that we must look to our prejudices, not our genes, to explain achievement gaps.
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Rising Together
Jennifer A. Chatman explains how companies can fight prejudice in the workplace.
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Double Blood
Multiracial people have faced their own particular breeds of prejudice and anxiety, reports Rebecca Walker. But new research, and a new generation, offers hope for the future.
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Q&A: The Obama Factor
An interview with historian Clayborne Carson
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Resources for Fighting Prejudice [PDF]
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Features

The Mindful Birth
by Emilie Raguso
A new program is applying mindfulness meditation to childbirth and parenting. Could it lead to healthier babies?
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Seeing Human
by Meera Lee Sethi
Human beings have a deep-seated tendency to humanize everything around them. Is it delusion—or a natural and healthy response to loneliness?
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In Review

Print:
The Trouble with Happiness
New books wonder how we can get happy, and why we should bother; plus, books on Buddhist psychology, forgiveness, and mind-body medicine.
Culture:
Hollywood and science disagree about how people respond to disasters.

An Idea for the Greater Good
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling on the importance of imagination

Resources for the Greater Good [PDF]
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